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Gov. Andrew Cuomo warns against phony charities purporting to help victims of the Nepal earthquake

epa04723436 A handout provided by the International Federation

epa04723436 A handout provided by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies shows the Nepal Red Cross distributing tarpaulins across Kathmandu to provide families with emergency shelter in Kathmandu, Nepal, 27 April 2015. The death toll from the 7.8-magnitude earthquake at the weekend in Nepal was 3,432, the Interior Ministry said 27 April, after thousands more spent a second night in the open. The government said around 6,505 people were injured in the quake that hit on Saturday. Besides the fear caused by numerous aftershocks, people camping in open spaces were suffering a combination of rain, hunger and thirst. EPA/Palani Mohan / International Federation of Red Cross and Red Cre EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES Photo Credit: EPA / Palani Mohan / International Federation of Red Cross and Red Cre

Gov. Andrew Cuomo encouraged New Yorkers to help the victims of the Nepal earthquake but to do so cautiously.

His office released a list of New York affiliated charities that are providing financial support to victims in Asia such as Save the Children, Catholic Charities and the United States Fund for UNICEF.

“As New Yorkers, we help our neighbors in their time of need, whether they are across the street, or across the globe,” he said in a statement. 

Cuomo also warned that there may be scam artists who will use the tragedy for their own illicit profit. 

The state’s Division of Consumer Protection recommend that New Yorkers research the institution offering charitable services and check its irs status before giving any money.

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